Harrison Gallery and the Annex - IDADA First Friday

At the Harrison Center for the Arts, the month of April brings with it an abundance of artists.  In addition to the Global Art Exchange (Australian artist Berenice Rarig) in the City Gallery and Gallery No. 2, work from the International School in the Underground, two Herron School of Art and Design artists, Rachael Rush and Liz Wagoner in Hank and Dolly Gallery, the Harrison Center is also presenting in the Harrison Gallery three Indianapolis glass artists and one painter in the Gallery Annex.  Here is what you can expect to see on April 5th at the HCA. Shannon Hinkle, Elizabeth Smith, and Matt Kenyon are studio artists at the Harrison Center.  Their show, Spectrum, showcases a variety of glass sculpture, jewelry, and installation.

Hinkle's pieces are small but bold in color.  She designed her sculpture and jewelry through a retrospective on the past thirteen years of the Pantone color of the year.  Most of her work in general takes inspiration from color.  She says designing and blowing the glass gives her great joy and she hopes people will love and admire the work as well.

In her installation called Supernova, made up of more than 1,000 wire and glass “snowflakes”, Elizabeth Smith explores the grand and minute details of the universe.  Her primary medium, painting, has been focusing on particle physics and cosmology.  Influenced by that, the snowflakes are easily arranged and rearranged to create varying galaxies or put together to represent the whole universe.  For Smith, it's about "the tiny and large."  She says, "I hope that the viewer will look closely at the individual snowflakes and step back and see the symbolic structure of the Universe."


Matt Kenyon

Matt Kenyon is showcasing black and dichroic vases and sculptures.  Kenyon creates work out of the love of color. Dichroic glass reflects different colors as certain light passes through or reflects off the glass depending on the angle.  He pursues many color patterns and styles, though he consistently implements many Italian techniques.  Additionally, he will present pipe lamps with glass shades.

On the other side of the Harrison Gallery walls is the Gallery Annex.  Trent Miller from Madison, WI is exhibiting his work Spindrift and Tether.  In this show, Miller focuses his paintings on the non-objective. With vivid colors and big brush strokes, the paintings suggest narratives with their images.  His charcoal drawings are representative of familiar and imagined fairy tales.  The viewer is invited to imagine along with Miller as to what his works may mean.

These four artists offer a titillating experience with color, texture, and narrative . Come this April 5th to IDADA First Friday and join us to celebrate these artists' work and others from 6-9pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts.  Works will hang through April 26th.  For more information about the opening reception, visit online at https://www.facebook.com/events/622604824431992/